Swimming/Diving

SU Swimming Off to Strong Start at WAC Championships

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Two school records fell Wednesday evening as Seattle University began competition at the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the CRWC Natatorium on the campus of the University of Houston.

The men’s team got off to a fast start, as Morgan Montemayor (Seattle, Wash.), Tanner Schelling (Boise, Idaho), Jack Baldoni (Applegate, Calif.), and Matt Morris (Lufkin, Texas) set a new school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.78, the first-time any Seattle U 200 medley relay posted a mark under 1:30. The Redhawks finished in sixth place in the event, ahead of CSU Bakersfield.

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In the 800 freestyle relay, the quartet of Nick Connors (Richland, Wash.), Montemayor, Will Wertz (Richland, Wash.), and Mitchell Crossen (Puyallup, Wash.) posted a time of 6:47.11, fifth-best in program history.

Thanks to a school-record leadoff 200 freestyle split of 1:50.24 by Blaise Wittenauer-Lee (Portland, Ore.), the Redhawk women finished the 800 freestyle relay in sixth place, as Madi Lydig (Spokane, Wash.), Sidney Pinger (Tualatin, Ore.), and Emily Gough (San Clemente, Calif.) followed Wittenauer-Lee and posted a total time of 7:32.15, second-best on the Seattle U top times list. Wittenauer-Lee broke the 200 freestyle school record that had stood for over six years by a quarter of a second.

The women started with an eighth-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as Kaitlyn Overstreet (Cottonwood Heights, Utah), Annika Perry (Reno, Nev.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Paige Treff (Orland, Calif.) posted a time of 1:44.71, second-fastest in school history. The Redhawks finished just 1/100th of a second behind Northern Colorado thanks in part to a 50 free split of 22.80 seconds by Treff.

After the opening day, the Seattle U women sit in eighth place with 48 points, just four points behind North Dakota, while the men are currently in seventh place with 50 points. The Air Force men lead after the first day with 116 points, just ahead of Grand Canyon with 114 points, while the Northern Arizona women have already opened a 62-point lead with 147 points thanks in part to six divers scoring points in the one-meter diving event.

The 2016 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships kick into full gear Thursday, Feb. 25, starting with the preliminaries of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and 50 freestyle beginning at 10:30 a.m. Central time (8:30 a.m. Pacific time). The finals of those events as well as the 200 freestyle relay will commence at 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. Pacific time) Thursday, and those finals will be streamed online by the WAC Digital Network (www.wacsports.com/live).

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